Report: Explosion at Oil Pipeline in Southern Iran

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A gas flare on an oil production platform is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf in this 2005 file photo. (REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo)

An oil pipeline in the Iranian village of Ramis in Khuzestan province exploded on Wednesday morning, Iranian news outlet Tasnim reported.

The southern Iran pipeline exploded due to old infrastructure and wear and tear, the report stated.

The explosion reportedly created small tremors that could be felt in the surrounding areas, and residents of Ramis reportedly said the explosion’s intensity was so great, an earthquake was felt in the area.

“This accident did not lead to any casualties,” a local official from the oil-rich province of Khuzestan told state media, adding that the fire had now been put out.

Many incidents of fires and explosions have occurred in Iran over the past 12 months.

An explosion and fire were reported at the Zarand Iranian Steel Company in eastern Iran in June. A week prior, Iran’s largest naval ship, the Kharg training support vessel, sank after it was destroyed in a fire.

Additionally, a massive fire was reported at an oil refinery in the southern part of Tehran last week, with no casualties reported in the incident.

Additional fires have been reported at a number of petrochemical plants throughout Iran in recent months.